For A Long Stay, Try A False Creek Vancouver View
We were in Vancouver for a long stay in the fall. While we ended up in a few different hotels for short stays or for short holiday breaks, for most of our visit we enjoyed our first experience in an Airbnb condo with an awesome False Creek Vancouver view! Located in around the ex-Olympic village, this local neighbourhood provided us with a great place to be locals for our visit.
Up until this visit, we really had no idea about this part of town. We had often gone through the Main Street Skytrain station and it always looked like the Telus Science Centre was far from downtown. Once we settled into the condo and started to explore, we realized how close we were to downtown.
As a place to live, the neighbourhood has everything you could need – close to public transit, local shopping within walking distance, a great variety of restaurants, two high quality gelato stores and direct access to the seawall paths for walking or biking around Vancouver.
Never A Shortage of Things To See and Do in False Creek
There was never a shortage of things to see in our False Creek Vancouver view when you were walking around the neighbourhood, whether it was colourful characters or outdoor art.
If you are a water person, you can enjoy the wide variety of water craft that go up and down the False Creek basin. You can rent kayaks or dragon boats to take a slow tour. If you know how to sail a boat, sailboats can also be rented. If you want to party, the booze boat does a sunset cruise from the dock by BC Place or you could even find Joe’s BBQ boat for a snack. If you make it all the way to the mouth of this inlet, you will see that Vancouver is a very busy harbour!
While there are many different ways to get a tour of Vancouver, if you wanted to sit back and take a small ferry around the False Creek basin to see the False Creek Vancouver view, there were two options to choose from – Aquabus or False Creek Ferries. The ferries ran from early morning to late night, servicing both regular downtown commuters and tourists. If you were biking in Vancouver, you could even take the Cyquabus with your bike to save yourself a drive all around the bay.
You will find wildlife in the parks along the shore to entertain kids of all ages. There are gardens to sit in and even cooperative fruit, vegetable and flower gardens in the neighbourhood.
There is lots to see and do if you visit Granville Island. You can even stop and see the interesting floating houses moored at the docks.
If you are looking to enjoy sports or other large scale entertainment you can walk to BC Place or the Rogers Arena. And if you are looking for education, the Telus Science Centre is located right here.
On both shores of the False Creek basin you can find something to do almost every weekend. While we were visiting we enjoyed a large Volkswagen swap meet, Open Door Vancouver and an outdoor concert. The Cirque du Soleil tent went up close to when we were leaving but we never did make it to a show.
Throughout our visit we would continue to be amazed at the number and variety of food trucks that could be found around Vancouver. You could satisfy any craving if you could find where the truck was that day. In our False Creek neighbourhood, several times we would find large food truck events and we knew where lunch or dinner would be that day!
The Views From False Creek Provided A Constant Show
Through the 4 months we were there, the False Creek Vancouver view out our window kept us captivated. The light changed through the day creating reflection visions that shimmered in the water.
At night we were treated to a colourful show as the colours on BC Place and the Telus dome changed.
As summer changed to fall, we got to enjoy False Creek in fall colours in our False Creek Vancouver view. We even saw the first snow falls lightly dusting the mountains.
False Creek was a great neighbourhood to enjoy as a local when visiting Vancouver. The False Creek Vancouver view never ceased to entertain. We would definitely consider this area of Vancouver when we are back the next time.
Have you enjoyed the False Creek Vancouver view? Is there another neighbourhood you would recommend staying in? Did we miss any major treat in the False Creek area?